Two alternatives

September 16, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Luci Shaw in The Crime of Living Dangerously says there are two alternatives for the followers of Jesus today.

” . . . to continue merely existing in the dull, assumed safety of what we think we know, a stagnant pond of sameness, remaining blindly complacent about our unfruitful, conventional (though still uncertain) little lives, or to dive into the unknown and unexpected, trusting God to carry us along on his rushing river of living into the freshness of new realms, larger horizons.”  115

Wow, this sounds just like what I was reading last night in Ruth Barton’s Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership. She is writing about responding to the calling of God.

“Some people seem to make it though life without ever having to wrestle with the fatal question. They seem to move through life with ease–making a living, enjoying the fruits of their labor, taking what seems to be an easy or at least a clearly marked path to security and success–while others seem to be called to make committments that require us to do strange things and orient our lives toward realities that others do not see.” 83

“It’s hard to keep answering a calling that continually takes us right out to the edge of our faith and our human limitations. Sometimes we are tempted to feel resentful.

“But a true leader is one who has heard the fatal question.  This is a person who has seen a vision of what could be and who continues to take steps in that direction against all odds.  . . . because every time we go deep to listen, we know that what God is calling us to do is ours to do and the path before us is ours to walk.  We know it is the meaning of our life.  And so we say yes.  For better and for worse, we say yes to meaning.  We say yes to God.” 84

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